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Evelyn and her oblivious son Ziggy seek out replacements for each other as Evelyn desperately tries to parent an unassuming teenager at her shelter, while Ziggy fumbles through his pursuit of a brilliant young woman at school.


  • Julianne Moore
  • Finn Wolfhard
  • Billy Bryk
  • Alisha Boe
  • Jack Justice
  • Jay O. Sanders
  • Eleonore Hendricks
  • Catherine Haun
  • Annacheska Brown
  • Sara Anne

Atom User Reviews

2.7 out of 5


Jan 21, 2023

Eisenberg’s main concern is the screenplay, yet the canvas it’s drawing upon is so small that it boxes its imagination. The conflicts it creates for Evelyn and Ziggy are so simple and easily resolved that the film becomes a throwaway that’s quickly forgotten despite some of the cast’s good work.

Metacritic review by Murtada Elfadl
Murtada Elfadl
The A.V. Club
Jan 19, 2023

Eisenberg has already proven himself a smart wordsmith and a knowing performer of emotional unease, but this “World” is a disappointingly shallow tale of narcissism and negligence.

Metacritic review by Jeannette Catsoulis
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
Apr 12, 2022

When You Finish Saving the World is often acidic to a point that might scare away some, but at its core, Eisenberg’s film is an endearing story of mother and son who were once so close, and now struggle to get what they need from each other anymore.

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